Tag Archives: Historical Fiction

Two Destinies – Elizabeth Musser


Elizabeth Musser is quickly working her way onto my favorite authors list. This final part of the Secrets of the Cross Trilogy brought mixed emotions- anticipation to finally read the rest of the story and disappointment to turn the final page. Originally published in French, Secrets of the Cross is being republished in English to a brand new audience of readers.

Two Destinies brings us once again to Montpellier, France and Algiers, Algeria. This time the year is 1994, and Ophelie Duchemin and her half brother Eric Hoffman are young adults navigating the realities of the growing Islamic/Christian culture clash in southern France. As Ophelie is drawn to helping the homeless, Eric falls in love with Rislene, an Algerian Christian convert. When Rislene’s sister discovers the Bible under her mattress, their father sends both girls back to Algeria to live with their grandmother while a suitable Islamic husband can be found for Rislene.

Get up right now and get this book- or the entire series! Discover the fascinating world of North African culture during a time of struggle for independence from France and the ensuing battle for Islamic control.

The River Rose- Gilbert Morris


First of all, let me say that for Christian Fiction you can’t go wrong with Gilbert Morris. Ever.  He just has a way of bringing historical time periods to life.

Set in Memphis, Tennesse during the Gilded Age, The River Rose includes everything one would associate with the time period: river boats, crime, political scandal, racial and gender prejudice, and class distinction.

Jeanne Bettencourt and Clint Hardin are very distant relatives who know nothing of each other until they are both summoned to Attorney Nate Deshler’s office to be informed, together, that they are the heirs of the Helena Rose, a Mississippi River boat.  With their combined experience, she as the daughter of a river boat captain and he with mechanical experience, they decide to put aside their mistrust and live and work together on the boat.  The antics and scandal that follow their decision make for an entertaining story that will take you back to a slower, fascinating time in American history.


The Irish Healer – Nancy Herriman


Irish Healer.  Rachel Dunne has been accused of murder.  With no option but to move away in order to protect her family’s reputation, she travels to England with the promise of a temporary position helping a retiring doctor pack up his library. Determined to find a respectable teaching position and have nothing more to do with medicine, Rachel finds herself unable to resist helping people in need no matter how much she tries to distance herself.

English Doctor.  James Edmunds has lost his wife to death and his young daughter to a better life with his widowed sister. With no option after the death of his father but to fulfill a promise to raise his daughter on the family farm, he makes plans to retire from medicine and live a quiet life as a farmer. Determined to learn how to be a father and to protect himself from close relationships, Dr. Edmunds finds himself unable to resist the beautiful Rachel Dunne.

Victorian England, rules of society, secrets, and cholera- all combine to capture the reader’s imagination in The Irish Healer by Nancy Herriman. A good summer vacation read!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.